Monday, 19 October 2015

Make your own beauty products at home, with #MiraMessMakers | Beauty & DIY

I'm quite a thrifty person and I've featured plenty of DIY and craft posts on Satchels & Pearls, some have included ideas on making your own beauty products too. You might remember that I went on a mini beauty product making course back at Easter, and I've been a fan of making my own natural products. You know what's going into them, know what each of the ingredients does, and can add your own personal touches to them too, such as colouring and fragrances.

So Mira Showers coupled with Midas Touch Crafts and the awesome hashtag #MiraMessMakers was born. Just by mixing a couple of household staples and water from the tap you can create some amazing, natural beauty products. Oh and we know there will be an event in a couple months, which pretty month is around the corner. Oh go on then (yes I'm going to say it!) it's Christmas soon, and wouldn't it be nice if you could create a couple of homemade beauty items as gifts for your loved ones? Here are a couple of recipes that are so simple and easy to create at home. All you need is a little imagination for the packaging, maybe pop a couple of products into a homemade hamper along with a few chocolates or a DVD for the perfect pamper night. 

Lemon & Honey Facemask 
Lemon, oats, honey and cinnamon (optional).
So it's pretty easy to make, there are no rules as to how much of an ingredient you need because it's completely judged by eye. You know the thickness of a facemask so go by that.
All you need to do is add honey to your oats and mix in, pour in lemon juice to reach the right consistency, and pop a pinch of cinnamon in but this last part is optional. I just love the smell! Pour into a container and keep in your fridge, it's best to use fresh but will last a couple of days in the fridge.
Brown Sugar Lip & Body Scrub
Coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and fudge essence not essential but always adds to the flavour!
This is yet again a really simply DIY body scrub that you can make from plenty of products in your house, or that you can pick up at a supermarket. 
Pour sugar into a bowl, and add the honey. Melt a small amount of the coconut oil in the microwave (and make sure you watch to ensure it doesn't burn!), add the coconut oil to the sugar and mix to the consistency of a body scrub. You can add more sugar if you feel it's too gooey, or vice versa if it's too dry. The cinnamon and vanilla and fudge essence are optional, but I love the scent of both so for me are gorgeous as extras. You could always add peppermint flavour. Pour into a container and keep in your fridge, it's best to use fresh but will last a couple of days in the fridge.
This can be used as both a lip and body scrub. 
Chocolate Lip Balm
Coconut oil, soya wax flakes, vitamin E capsule, and cocoa powder is optional for flavour. If you fancied other flavours, peppermint, orange and other oils are really easy to get hold of. If you wanted to add colour as a balm you can add a dot of food colouring for a slight tint.
Melt and even amount of the coconut oil and soya wax flakes in the microwave (make sure you keep an eye on it just in case it burns!). Pop open the vitamin E tablet and add to the mix, this makes your lips super moisturised and in good condition. Add the cocoa powder and give it a good stir. Pour the mixture into your little pot and leave in a cold place to set, ideally the fridge or a window.
And there you have it! A couple of household ingredients act as staples in most beauty products. You can also keep a bag of soya wax flakes handy just in case you fancy making a couple of your own teacup candles too. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little post with a couple of DIY recipes that you can work at at home. Please have a look at my DIY and craft posts for more ideas on Christmas presents and other gifts. 

Michelle x

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